Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Charters

Top Tampa Bay Deep Sea Fishing Destinations

Best Deep Sea Fishing Charters in Tampa Bay

Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

For a massive catch and some serious bragging rights, give Tampa Bay deep sea fishing a try. This experience will take you 60-100 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where you can fish the deep blue waters for Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Blackfin Tuna, and a variety of large bottom fish.

The Deep Sea Charter Experience

Most Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters leave from Clearwater and St. Petersburg. It can take close to two hours to reach true deep water, which is why most trips last somewhere between 8-12 hours to make sure you get enough fishing time. For the biggest fish, look for a charter that will take you 60+ miles from shore.

Bottom fishing

The Gulf of Mexico is home to a multitude of bottom fish. Swimming near the wrecks and reefs are Porgy, Grunts, Seabass, Triggerfish, Snapper, and Grouper. Summer is the peak season for many of these species, except for Amberjack, Scamp Grouper, and Gag Grouper, which are most abundant in winter.

Deep sea bottom fishing usually calls for heavy tackle and dead bait such as mullets, sardines, and pinfish. Fishing with live bait is more effective when targeting your catch in heavily fished areas.

Some Snapper and Grouper species are highly regulated in both state and federal waters, so be sure to ask your captain about what’s open to harvest ahead of time. You can also stay up to date on local regulations online.

Trolling

While heading offshore and back you are likely to troll for various pelagic species including Wahoo, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Cobia, Barracuda, and King Mackerel. Most of these fish reach their peak in summer months, though you can count on seeing larger numbers of King Mackerel in spring and fall.

Fishing between March and November gives you the chance to catch any of the above, with Tuna, Cobia, and King Mackerel swimming as close as 25-40 miles from shore.

Alternative Charter Options

If you’re looking for an introductory experience, there are plenty of Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters which keep you closer to shore. Though you can’t target all the major players while fishing within the 10-30 mile range, this is a great opportunity to bring home something delicious without burning through all your stamina.

These trips last 4-8 hours and you will usually reach the fishing grounds within an hour. Seabass, Grunts, Hogfish, Snapper, and Grouper are all common catches. In spring and fall you might also troll for King Mackerel and Barracuda.

Deep Sea Charter Prices

Tampa Bay deep sea fishing charters come in many different forms and price ranges. In general, you can expect to pay $1,000 or more for an extended day trip (10-12 hours) that will take you around 70 miles offshore. A trip of this kind allows you to book the entire boat to yourself and you can expect to target the biggest fish in the Gulf, from Snapper to Sailfish.

Fishing closer to shore opens up more possibilities, including full day trips, half day trips, and party boat fishing charters. These trips might take you as far as 30 miles from shore, fishing for smaller bottom fish as well as King Mackerel and Barracuda when the season allows.

Private charters range from $650-800 for a full day trip. You can book a half day trip for $450-650. On the other hand, party boat fishing allows you to reserve a spot on board for as little as $200 per person for a full day trip. Half day party boat trips are $50-100 per person.

Tampa Bay
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What anglers said about Deep Sea Fishing in Tampa Bay

You only need whatever food and drinks you want and they provide everything else! They also bait and take the fish off the hook!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You only need whatever food and drinks you want and they provide everything else! They also bait and take the fish off the hook!
BigAngler Fishing Charters
BigAngler Fishing Charters
It was warm in June. Be sure to have necessary clothing and sun protection!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It was warm in June. Be sure to have necessary clothing and sun protection!
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
We went mid day but if you can get a morning spot it would most likely be better I assume.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We went mid day but if you can get a morning spot it would most likely be better I assume.
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Your experience matters. Use it to your advantage. Trust the captain. They know where to put you on the fish. But , take some enjoyment in doing it for yourself. My captain worked the whole time to help the less experienced people in my party land the fish , while I caught plenty myself including every species we went after.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Your experience matters. Use it to your advantage. Trust the captain. They know where to put you on the fish. But , take some enjoyment in doing it for yourself. My captain worked the whole time to help the less experienced people in my party land the fish , while I caught plenty myself including every species we went after.
Captain Chris's Fishing Adventures
Captain Chris's Fishing Adventures
It is hot in June! Dress and drink appropriately! Be open to different species of fish as alot are on the move!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
It is hot in June! Dress and drink appropriately! Be open to different species of fish as alot are on the move!
My Girls Adventures
My Girls Adventures
The fishing, or should I say catching? It was amazing and the weather was perfect too. Fantastic!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing, or should I say catching? It was amazing and the weather was perfect too. Fantastic!
Neptune Fishing Charters
Neptune Fishing Charters
What a great Charter! Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced! He put us on all the fish we were targeting! The boat was clean, very comfortable despite the rough condition the captain got us to our spot and enjoyed the overall fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
What a great Charter! Very accommodating, knowledgeable and experienced! He put us on all the fish we were targeting! The boat was clean, very comfortable despite the rough condition the captain got us to our spot and enjoyed the overall fishing!
Doubletime Offshore Fishing Charter
Doubletime Offshore Fishing Charter
Listen to the captain, he knows what he is doing. Very knowledgeable. Good equipment. Boat is small so pack light equipment wise, he has everything you need bar food/drink anyway.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Listen to the captain, he knows what he is doing. Very knowledgeable. Good equipment. Boat is small so pack light equipment wise, he has everything you need bar food/drink anyway.
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Gulfcoast Fishing Charters
Do yourself a favor and reach out to Captain Ethan at “Wish Upon A Fish Charters”. You won’t be disappointed.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do yourself a favor and reach out to Captain Ethan at “Wish Upon A Fish Charters”. You won’t be disappointed.
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Wish Upon A Fish Charters
Be prepared for hot, sunny weather and be understanding that the tide could impact the bite
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for hot, sunny weather and be understanding that the tide could impact the bite
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
Capt. Nick’s Fishing Charters
You will definitely catch fish. However, it might not necessarily be a whopper. Be realistic. Have fun, enjoy the moment with your family or friends, cuz that's what it is all about. Maybe you get lucky and get yourself an awesome fish or two!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You will definitely catch fish. However, it might not necessarily be a whopper. Be realistic. Have fun, enjoy the moment with your family or friends, cuz that's what it is all about. Maybe you get lucky and get yourself an awesome fish or two!
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Coming from Inland lakes where you often get nothing, the amount of bites and catches is crazy high. Just dint expect to be reeling in sea monsters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Coming from Inland lakes where you often get nothing, the amount of bites and catches is crazy high. Just dint expect to be reeling in sea monsters
Angler's Dream Fishing
Angler's Dream Fishing
Jeremy was very patient and accommodating! We caught several different species of fish. Great experience! Highly recommend!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Jeremy was very patient and accommodating! We caught several different species of fish. Great experience! Highly recommend!
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
Fish Slapped Charters – Clearwater
First timers, I would definitely recommend you research the captains and vessels before making a decision on who to book with while in Bradenton. I did and it led me to Capt. Louis. He's knowledgeable, friendly and will work with even the most novice of anglers to guarantee a memorable experience. But above all, have fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
First timers, I would definitely recommend you research the captains and vessels before making a decision on who to book with while in Bradenton. I did and it led me to Capt. Louis. He's knowledgeable, friendly and will work with even the most novice of anglers to guarantee a memorable experience. But above all, have fun!
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Island Boat Tours & Adventures
Being our first time saltwater fishing I don’t have any recommendations.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Being our first time saltwater fishing I don’t have any recommendations.
AMI Charter Fishing – Fish Guaranteed!
AMI Charter Fishing – Fish Guaranteed!
Weather and water conditions were perfect and the fish were hitting fast and non-stop
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather and water conditions were perfect and the fish were hitting fast and non-stop
Playin' Hooky Charters
Playin' Hooky Charters
Chose Mangrove Madness charters. Captan Brady is so knowledgeable that I’d even feel comfortable going smog myself to fish this area just after Ike trip out with him. Pack lots of sunscreen, and some snacks too! And wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Chose Mangrove Madness charters. Captan Brady is so knowledgeable that I’d even feel comfortable going smog myself to fish this area just after Ike trip out with him. Pack lots of sunscreen, and some snacks too! And wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet!
Mangrove Madness
Mangrove Madness
Can be hot make sure to bring hats, sunglasses and plenty of drinks on ice.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Can be hot make sure to bring hats, sunglasses and plenty of drinks on ice.
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
Full Boat Charters – Kids Fishing, est. 2005
2 years in a row going out the same week in May starting from the first Saturday to the second Saturday of May proven two years in a row very productive in catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
2 years in a row going out the same week in May starting from the first Saturday to the second Saturday of May proven two years in a row very productive in catching fish
Maritime Operations LLC
Maritime Operations LLC
I've been fishing for many years. I have encountered all types of captains and can sense when a captain is devoted to his craft. Capt Jeff worked hard for us, baited our hooks, moved to different locations in search of fish, and had patience with the inexperienced anglers in our party-encouraging them to get the hang of it. Nice guy too. Everyone caught fish. My next charter is going to be with him. I am telling all my friends about Leisure Life Charters
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I've been fishing for many years. I have encountered all types of captains and can sense when a captain is devoted to his craft. Capt Jeff worked hard for us, baited our hooks, moved to different locations in search of fish, and had patience with the inexperienced anglers in our party-encouraging them to get the hang of it. Nice guy too. Everyone caught fish. My next charter is going to be with him. I am telling all my friends about Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters
Leisure Life Charters

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